A Bear for the F.B.I.

Van Peebles, Melvin

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New York. 1968. Trident Press. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. 157 pages. hardcover. Jacket design by Lawrence Ratzkin. ISBN: inventory # 40865. FROM THE PUBLISHER - At one point, the narrator of Melvin Van Peebles’ A Bear for the FBI remarks on ‘the depth of the human heart and what a dreamer it is and how lonely it can be,’ and in doing so offers perhaps the best description of this novel. For, beyond its particular time and place, this is a magical, glowing assertion of the wonders of the human heart. It is the story of a group of people, who in the sounds, the smells, the gestures, the silences of their densely knit family, love each other and, in this love, find sustenance and meaning for all their lives. The book opens with a boy’s first memories; it closes with his college graduation. But in the intervening pages, the reader encounters writing at the level of fine art - that simple but ultimately profound business of making extraordinary what, otherwise, appears mundane, routine, so ordinary. The narrator’s father is an inarticulate tailor, but becomes a majestic figure in his dedication to his craft, his family, and his dreams. Similarly, the mother; she is the cliché of love and over-concern. But Van Peebles makes her a figure of unique strength and unaffected grandeur. So, also, a fight with a class bully, a first encounter with adult hatred and prejudice, even a Boy Scout hike - become matters of timeless importance. But in the end this novel is perhaps most significant as a testament to those values we are often too embarrassed to acknowledge or express. For at a time when psychoses and complexes are fashionable, when the talk is of hostility and aggression, when the headlines proclaim dope and delinquency, here is a writer who is unafraid to speak from his heart of love. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: A Bear for the F.B.I.
Publisher: Trident Press
Publication Date: 1968
Binding: hardcover
Book Condition: Very Good In Dustjacket
Edition: 1st Edition.

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